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Mrs. Rucker from Deepwater MO is requesting books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Henrietta Lacks Visits

Help me give my students an opportunity to incorporate literacy into their science education through the story of Henrietta Lacks.

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My Students

I absolutely love my job and it's all due to my students. Since I began teaching at my current school, I have been under the impression that the content of their character is far above the national average, and nothing in the past 4 years has been able to convince me otherwise. My own children are students at the same school and this year my son played in the 5th and 6th grade basketball league. One night, their coach was running really late to practice so the team was just goofing off in the gym. The high school basketball team had just finished their practice and one of my biology students came by. Instead of just watching them being completely unproductive, he jumped in and started organizing the boys into groups and running drills with them. One thing their team really struggled with this year was behaving like a team. One person would make a mistake and no fewer than 3 boys would berate him for it. Of course one of them made a mistake during the drill and they began their usual criticism. My student shut it down and explained what it meant to be a teammate.

My Project

The concept of cells and cancer is standard in any biology class. The students learn parts of the cell, the cell cycle, cancer and then move on. But there is so much more that can be discussed when talking about cells. This truly is a concept that affects their lives every day and there are so many controversial issues stemming from this area. And students LOVE controversy.

Allowing students to get a glimpse into the life of someone who was exploited in the name of science is an opportunity.

It's an opportunity for them to consider whether furthering humanity's knowledge should be achieved at any cost. It's an opportunity for them to consider how minorities were affected by racism in healthcare. It's an opportunity to develop their own opinions about scientific research and its methods.

Mrs. Rucker
Grades 9-12
  • Lakeland School
  • Deepwater, MO
  • More than half of students from low‑income households

    This project will reach 63 students.

    3 donors have given to this project.

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks • Amazon Business $9.99 25 $249.75

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